No More Stalking,
Harassment and Threats Exemptions
March 16, 2014
HARRISBURG – Highlighting a
special state criminal code exception for business management and labor unions
in the Commonwealth, the House voted to prohibit stalking, harassment and
threats of violence for everyone, House Majority Leader Rep. Mike Turzai said
By a vote of
115-74, House Bill 1154 passed the House and heads to the Senate for
our anti-stalking and harassment laws apply to everyone, without exception,
because it’s never acceptable to harass or intimidate people,” Turzai said.
“While most business managers and members of the labor community represent
their business and trades effectively and honorably, there are some exceptions,
and laws should protect all Pennsylvanians from stalking or threats from harm.”
have the right to manage their business, and unions have the right to
collectively bargain and strike, Turzai said, but within the bounds of civil
Pennsylvania's criminal code, Title 18, exempts management and organized labor
from prosecution for harrassment, stalking and threatening to use weapons of
mass destruction. It is illegal to call in a bomb-scare, or stalk people or
their kids, except if the caller or stalker is involved in a labor dispute.
Criminal Code exception was recently brought to light by a Feb. 18 event; the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested 10 members of Philadelphia
Ironworkers Local 401, including union leadership, for aiding racketeering
and arson, and indicted them under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations (RICO) Act.
the indictment, union members repeatedly threatened non-union construction
employers with violence unless they hired a certain amount of union members.
The indictment noted, violence was “deeply ingrained in the structure of their
intimidation, such as harassment, stalking and threats of violence, actual
violence sometimes follows, as in the alleged Ironworkers crimes, Turzai noted.